A trip to gain an educational experience can be accompanied by visits to places with historical and archaeological background. EduTourism proposes a cultural itinerary in the context of a trip to Cyprus.
The Medieval Castle of Larnaca dominates at the end of the coastal road of Finikoudes. It was originally built at the end of the 14th century AD by the Lusignan King of Cyprus, James I (1382-1398), and was part of the chain of defensive works that were then undertaken to guard and protect the south-eastern side of the island.
The beautifully preserved 18th century aqueduct of Larnaca known as ‘Kamares’ takes its name from its characteristic arches. It is an open-air monument. The aqueduct was built in Roman style in 1746 by the Turkish governor of Larnaca, Bekir Pasha, who financed it from his own sources to bring water to Larnaca from the river Tremithos, but also from other smaller springs, thus solving the serious problem of water shortage. For a large part of the route, which is about 10.5 km, the water was carried by a ditch, but in three different places where the ground was low 75 arches were built. The aqueduct was abandoned in 1939 and its operation was replaced by modern pipelines.
The Larnaca District Archaeological Museum the exhibits tell the stories of the ancient communities and the habits of the people who lived in the city and district of Larnaca from the Aceramic Neolithic to the Roman period.
The Pierides Museum – Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation is the oldest private museum in Cyprus and is housed in the ancestral home of the Pierides family – a colonial building dating back to 1825. The Museum’s collection was assembled by the Pierides family and includes some of the most representative cultural artefacts of the island. It records the economic, social and cultural development of Cyprus over the course of thousands of years.
The Artists’ Neighbourhood in the old Turkish Cypriot quarter of Larnaca consists of two streets adjacent to the coastal street of Piale Pasha. The workshops of nine visual artists are hidden there, including sculptors, ceramists and painters. Inspired by ancient Cypriot folk art, the artists will welcome you to watch them while they create their works and some offer classes.
The EduTourism project is implemented in the framework of the INTERREG V-A Cooperation Programme “Greece – Cyprus 2014-2020” and is co-funded by the European Union (E.T.P.A.) and the National Resources of Greece and Cyprus.